Tip of the Week: Ask Your Doctor

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-02-04 19:53:30 -0600
Started 2011-08-03 06:49:18 -0500

How many times have you been in the doctor's office and forgotten to ask the questions that have been on your mind? There is just some kind of amnesia that happens when we get into that little room.

Six months is a long time to try to remember something, so once I have it written down I know it will get addressed. What I do, is keep a sheet in my log book for questions that come up that I want to talk to my doctor about. I use a separate sheet and I leave space after my questions so I can write down my doctor's answers, because that gets fuzzy sometimes too. Your doctor will appreciate that you are organized shows you are ready for your time with him or her.

This has helped me build my relationship with my doctor and he wonders what is wrong if I don't come in with my list.

21 replies

Tess K.
Tess K. 2012-02-03 11:35:04 -0600 Report

With the Endocrinologist I see now, I have taken a notebook in with my questions and he is willing to answer them. The dr office if I ask will tell me all test results or give me a printed paper with the results.

jayabee52 2012-02-03 14:53:47 -0600 Report

I do that one a bit better. I print our a sheet of questions for my Dr and when the aide takes my BP & temp hand it to them and ask it be placed so Dr could see it before s/he enters the exam room. They are thereby given notice that I have questions and can research the subject if s/he feels the need.

I have my own sheet I take into the room and I leave enough room to write down any answers.

aleesh 2012-01-30 19:10:20 -0600 Report

I haven't used this site yet, but a friend of mine with diabetes suggested it. If you need a quick reply to a question (and if emailing your doctor isn't an option) I think you can just type it in: http://bit.ly/x34Xbl.

rosemary10 2012-02-03 11:19:20 -0600 Report

Thanks for the tip, aleesh! I tried asking a question the ohter day. Response took only a day, so I suppose if you're appointment is off in a couple of days, it can't hurt to ask a question.

S-cape 2012-01-22 10:59:45 -0600 Report

I went in with a list of questions, and after the third or fourth question, my doctor simply acted amused and gave me some very "pat" answers. Needless to say, I am now seeing another doctor!

SCLWKR 2012-01-02 18:47:30 -0600 Report

I am so fortunate that I can contact my Doc by email and always get a response within 24 hours (I love you Kaiser Permanente!!). This is so helpful as I do not need to go for an office visit for little things. Terrific!

jayabee52 2012-01-03 05:26:08 -0600 Report

When I was in their service area in SF bay region, I loved KP too. It was one of the few things that I genuinely hated about leaving the area. But economics, being what they are in CA made it impossible for me to continue living there.
I knew they would not be where I am now (Back in LVNV) and in fact I considered for a time, travelling 3 hrs one way to get to the nearest KP facility. But I have too much going on medically to do that for very long.

I loved that email your doc feature also. It came in very handy when trying to manage my Jem's high BG levels.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-02 14:12:41 -0600 Report

Great info as you always remember a question, usually on the drive home from the drs. I have soo many drs that I have to keep track of treatments and dates it's just easier to stay organized. I have personal cell numbers for some of my drs (many health issues) and if I dont call they call me, so it is even easier then waiting for the next visit. Yes, drs do love it when you can be specific about what is going on so they can better treat the problems. This will save you time and money which is always good.

TsalagiLenape 2012-01-02 12:06:13 -0600 Report

So True…yet I do have to give credit where its due. There are some things I am still mystified on yet coming here helps disspells them. Very good idea especially for the newly diagnosed. Have a great day!:) Hugs

jayabee52 2011-08-03 20:04:38 -0500 Report

What I do, (and I started that when I was taking Jem to her Drs) was start a page on my computer where I put all my questions for Dr. I would start a page nearly as soon as I finished a visit. The day of my appointment, I would print out 2 copies, 1 for me 1 for Doc. I would give Doc's sheet to the nurse/aide when I get my pre visit BP and weight, so Doc would have it before he entered the room, just in case Doc wanted to check something out prior to coming in.

I've had several Drs who said they were impressed by my planning for the visit.

GabbyPA 2011-08-04 20:45:37 -0500 Report

That is a great idea. I never thought of giving him a copy to look at before he comes it. I will have to try that.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-03 15:39:37 -0500 Report

I keep my med list on the computer and one almost everywhere else (my truck, my wife's car, my work desk, my bosses desk and I take it to every medical/dental visit)
This includes my name, address, etc., my insurance info, my PCP info, my medicines and my supplements. On the bottom I have my RX requests and all the questions I have for my doctor. I know this will surprise you, but occasionally I put something really wacky in there to see if he really reads it before he comes in. so far, he is good. Also, he has given me the option to email him on stuff that does not require immediate attention. Like how I am reacting to a new med or something. Recently I emailed him about a new BP medicine that is a diuretic. I told him as a diuretic it is working great. 15 minutes after I take a shower, any water my skin has absorbed gets peed out!

Hops 2011-08-03 07:10:38 -0500 Report

Write down your questions for your doctor so you have them there to ask the doctor during your visit. Otherwise your doctor is in and out so fast your appointment will be over before you think of asking your questions. I keep my questions down to three at most because my doctor is over worked and stressed to the max.

Diaschm 2011-08-03 07:03:47 -0500 Report

I usually bring my record of my score into Dr. Ashan my doctor but now I will add a question and answer area in my book. I think this a great idea! Thank you for thinking of this. I always forget to ask something. Now I will write it down and be better organized. Great!!

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